Intermec and Funk Software provide 802.1x wireless security

Las Vegas, Nev. - Intermec announced on May 6 at NetWorld+Interop 2002 a partnership with Funk Software (Cambridge, Mass.) that will provide 802.1x wireless security for Intermec 802.11 MobileLAN wireless systems.

By Control Engineering Staff May 9, 2002

Las Vegas, Nev. – Intermec announced on May 6 at NetWorld+Interop 2002 a partnership with Funk Software (Cambridge, Mass.) that will provide 802.1x wireless security for Intermec 802.11 MobileLAN wireless systems.

Funk Software’s Odyssey, a software solution that includes an access client and a Radius server for wireless local area networks, provides access control and data security based on the 802.11x IEEE security standard. Because Odyssey provides a simple and secure mechanism for authentication of devices on a wireless network, Intermec data collection devices will be able to achieve new levels of wireless data security.

Odyssey offers highly secure user authentication and data protection over a wireless connection. Combined with Intermec’s own technology, the partnership also leverages EAP-TTLS, a new security method that provides strong authentication security while allowing users to connect to the wireless network using existing username and password credentials.

The new security system works in conjunction with Intermec’s MobileLAN dual-radio 2100 and 2101 access points and its MobileLAN 2102 and 2106 single-radio access points.

“Intermec is committed to staying at the forefront of the important issue of wireless security,” said Bernie Crump, Intermec director, Systems marketing. “Intermec is an expert in wireless data collection systems, and Funk Software’s expertise is access control and security on a wireless link. Together, we provide our customers with wireless systems that are secure, as well as easy to administer and maintain.”

“When used with EAP-TTLS, 802.1x meets all enterprise security requirements for wireless LAN access,” said Joe Ryan, Funk Software vice president. “The fact that companies such as Intermec have added support for 802.1x and endorsed EAP-TTLS as the strong authentication method of choice for wireless LAN access, affirms our belief that wireless access is finally secure enough-and easy enough-for enterprises to begin widespread deployment.”

Intermec equipment with the Odyssey wireless security option is expected to be available beginning in Q2, 2002.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor
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